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Sir Hugh Owen

Llangeinwen, Anglesey 1804 - 1881
Welsh educator, one of the pioneers of higher education in Wales
(Wikipedia)
J. Milo Griffith
Compagnie des Bronzes (Bruxelles)
1888

Caernarfon /  Sir Hugh Owen   Caernarfon /  Sir Hugh Owen

Description

Bronze statue of Hugh Owen holding a rolled parchment in his left hand. In his right hand he holds and upright book which is balanced on a pile of four books on small pedestal.

Inscription(s)

Sir HUGH OWEN
Born 1804     Died 1881

Erected
by
A Grateful nation

Da wladwr duwiol ydoedd
A Gwr i Dduw o'r gwraidd oedd

The Welsh text is a quotation from the Welsh poet David Richards (Dafydd Ionawr) (1751-1827). The verse is almost impossible to translate since it is in cynghanedd, with strict rules of alliteration and repeating combinations of consonants. The meaning is as follows : "He was a good and godly countryman / A man of God right to his roots.".

On a slate slab mounted on left side of pedestal:

ft side of pedestal: SYR HUGH OWEN
1804-1881
Dyngarwr diflino, cysegrodd ei fywyd
i sefydlu:–
Ysgolion Cynradd an-enwadol yng Nghymru:
Colegau Hyfforddi i athrawon Cymreig;
Prifysgol Cymru;
Ysgolion sîr (Canol-raddol) Cymreig.

SIR HUGH OWEN
1804-1881
A tireless philanthropist, he devoted
his life to the establishment of:–
Non-sectarian Primary Schools in Wales;
Training Colleges for Welsh Teachers;
The University of Wales;
Welsh County (Intermediate) Schools.

Signed: j. milo griffith / Sc. 1887.
Cie des Bronzes / bruxelles

Annotation

The statue had been provided by subscriptions of London Welshmen and the pedestal by local subscription. It was unveiled on 23 October 1888 by the Hon. Mrs Wynn Jones.

Caernarfon / Sir Hugh Owen
Statue of Sir Hugh Owen with in the background the statue of Lloyd George and Caernarfon castle

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Location (N 53°8'21" - W 4°16'29")

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